A few weeks ago, R and I went to Oxford for a long weekend. I had been dying to go back for years. It’s such a beautiful city; the architecture is gorgeous, the history is incredible, they have the most fantastic museums, bicycles everywhere, lots of great places to eat and drink. It’s most definitely one of my favourite cities in England. Rich did his undergraduate degree here so he was excited to go back to some of the places he used to go to and show me around.
We stayed at the Tower House on Ship Street. From the outside, you probably wouldn’t even know it’s a hotel/guest house. There is no fancy sign and a reception area. The rooms are part of an 8 bedroom grade II listed 16th century house. You check in at Turl Street Kitchen, the restaurant just around the corner, that manages the property and they then give you your key and show you the house and your room. Our room was lovely, spacious, relaxing and full of character. The location of the property is perfect, very central. Rates were actually quite reasonable considering it’s Oxford we’re talking about.
We spent our time wandering down the streets, nipping in and out of colleges and stopping by cafes and pubs for drinks and food. Some of the highlights for me were:
- Christchurch college - where they filmed quite a few scenes of Harry Potter. That some people are lucky enough to study here blows my mind.
- Bodleian Library - sadly you’re not allowed to take photos inside but trust me, it is well worth the tour. I’m sure if we had more libraries like those, people would study more!
- Pitt Rivers Museum - one of the coolest museums I’ve ever been to. It houses archaeological and ethnographic objects from all around the world, including shrunken heads. I could have spent hours there!
I'd love to know, have you been to Oxford? What was your favourite part?